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Public Service Recognition Week

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) has been set aside for the full first week of May for over 30 years to honor those who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. OFM State Human Resources coordinates the Washington State annual celebration and employee awards, to ensure state employees are recognized and honored for their great work and service to the public.

In 2022, PSRW will be held May 1–7. There will be events planned in Spokane and the Tri-Cities, but no in-person event in Olympia this year. We hope to return to an in-person event in Olympia in 2023. 

Online presentations for state employees will be available throughout the week, including:

  • Wellness resources
  • Retirement benefits information
  • Health benefits information
  • Introduction to the statewide Business Resource Groups and the Interagency Committee for State-Employee Women

For additional information, contact shrplanning@ofm.wa.gov.

People gather at picnic tables outdoors in Kennewick at a past PSRW event

Spokane celebrations: May 4 - outdoor event during the lunch hour in partnership with Fairchild Airforce Base and the Military department. 

Tri-Cities celebration: May 12 - outdoor event held after work hours in partnership with the Federal Agencies and the City of Richland. 

Text reading "WA state employee night ticket special - tickets starting at $14 - - Saturday May 7, 6:10 pm - Seattle Mariners vs Tampa Bay Rays

The Seattle Mariners are providing discount tickets to state employees for the May 7 game (6 p.m.) versus the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners will also be celebrating Armed Forces Day that day and there will be fireworks and a military fly-over.

Join the Tacoma Rainiers and support the Washington State Combined Fund Drive on May 14, July 29, and August 14. A portion of each ticket will go directly towards CFD. Each ticket includes a reserved seat and a ballpark meal.

test ready "award nominations" in gold on a black background with a laurel rreath symbol around it

See 2022 recipients of the Excellence in Washington State Government Leadership Award and the Extra Mile Award, state employees we recognize for their exemplary dedication to public service.